“It is not enough for governments to talk Green and carry on behaving in the same old ways and worse. There is a tradition among Jews, Christians, and Muslims of revealing hidden injustice and exposing the lies of the powerful. Christian Climate Action have done the world a great service by speaking out against the whitewash of government inaction on climate change. We cannot afford to glibly sleepwalk into this apocalypse.”
– Revd Dr Keith Hebden, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
Wendell Berry speaks of organized Christianity as a ‘respecter and comforter of profitable iniquities’. This includes war, in all its forms, which is blessed and hallowed in every Cathedral and in most parish churches, and support for an economic system which threatens to make human life on earth impossible. Both in contradiction of every single line of the Messianic Writings. To be Church, which is disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, is to protest these blasphemies and to call for a politics and an economy which is answerable to the God of Life.
– Tim Gorringe, Professor Emeritus, University of Exeter
The 2015-20 conservative government have announced that they do not think the UK bears any particular responsibility for mitigating climate change and have therefore pulled funding of renewable energy and energy saving, while ramping up investments, and reducing democratic engagement, in relation to fossil fuel extraction which they see as an investment priority, despite the UK’s previously agreed legislative and international commitments to mitigate climate change. Chancellor Osbourne announced the end of subsidies for renewable energy in November, and in December and January a heavenly agency turned on the taps and proceeded to drown large parts of North Briton in reply. The idea that Britain, as the progenitor of the industrial revolution, and as an ongoing chief investor in the global economy, with around one third of the world’s wealth parked either in the City of London or in UK protectorate tax havens, bears no particular responsibility for climate change and its mitigation is risible. I commend the efforts of Christian Climate Action to draw attention, through non-violent direct action, to the lamentable negligence of the current UK government with respect to climate change mitigation and adaptation. I urge the court when they consider the case against them for their efforts to draw attention to the irresponsible climate and energy policies of this government to find them innocent of all charges. Those most responsible for defacing the Department for Energy and Climate Change are the Chancellor and Ministers for DECC and DEFRA who have together colluded to tear up decades of environmental protection, and more recent climate protection, in this country and leave the people of Britain, and of the world, to the vagaries of the floods, storms and other extreme weather events that this irresponsible government apparently wills not to mitigate in any way.
– Michael Northcott, Professor of Ethics, University of Edinburgh
I have observed with admiration your inspiring actions calling attention to human induced climate change. I would be honoured to become one of your supporters. As a Catholic theologian I have been interested in human caused climate change’s damage to God’s earth, ‘our common home’ in Pope Francis’ inspiring words. As God’s representations in our common home humans are especially responsible for our earth’s flourishing. Our responsibilities include the climate and it’s cherishing by climate friendly action and resistance to its diminishment, especially by excessive use of fossil fuels, and what we may describe as earth stripping by deforestation and other destruction. Whether we live and serve in a care home with a window box, an urban house with a small garden, a farm or small holding, we each can and must do our part, alone and especially together. Widespread paving of front gardens, deforestation and government ministers’ resistance to sustainable alternative energies concern all of us. These climate destroying actions demand defensive public witness such as Christian Climate Action’s efforts to inspire government ministers, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for DECC to respond positively to your own words and deeds. Please continue and attract more members to the vitally important things you are doing.God bless you
Climate change is the greatest challenge to life on earth today. ‘Christian Climate Action,’ are speaking truth to power, they also hope that everyone else is listening at the same time. This is God’s creation and we must learn to live gently within it, which means finding alternatives to fossil fuels.